Marco Bracci with Cardinal Ippolito de' Medici

Bracci, clerk in the Apostolic Chamber at the Vatican and a noted man of letters, and Cardinal Ippolito, Vice Chancellor of the Church and a powerful political figure, are both identified in the documents on the table. The former likely commissioned the picture, perhaps to assert his loyalty to the Medici family. It combines two spearate likenesses, with Ippolito adapted from a portrait by Titian now in the Uffizi.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1501 - 1556
Full title
Marco Bracci with Cardinal Ippolito de' Medici
Date made
about 1533
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
138.4 x 111.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG20
Location in Gallery